October 10, 2012

HOW TO: Make a paper wreath!

Hey y'all! Happy hump day!

Today, I wanted to share with you how I made this paper wreath. It was SUPER easy and SUPER cheap, two of the things that I love the most. It's been a rough week over here so I would appreciate it if y'all could keep my family in your prayers! 

So here's the final result of my handmade paper wreath. I LOVE it. And I plan on making a few more for our house. Wreaths look good over windows, doors, etc. 

TIP: Wreaths don't just go on outside of front doors. Put one on a patio door or the INSIDE of your front door. Put one over a pretty mirror in your house... 

Ok! So, here's what you will need.

1. Cheap Wreath. I got mine at the Dollar Tree. Just don't get one of those stick ones because that would be super hard and that's not what I'm all about :-)
2. Any kind of paint brush. This is to "antique" your pages. You could also use paper towels!
3. Glue gun with extra glue sticks.
4. Dollar Tree books. I bought 2 because I plan on making 2 wreaths. You could easily use a whole book for one wreath though so beware! It is just a matter of how "fluffy" you want your wreath!
5. Coke. Or something to drink. Because you'll be here for a little bit.
6. Computer to distract you.
7. Stain or any kind of paint. You'll use this to antique the edges of the book.
8. Scissors just in case you need to cut any edges.

Wanna be friends? I promise, I am cool.

Ok, so as you can see below the FIRST step that I took was antiquing my pages. I simply held the book up and painted the edges of all of the paper. These page edges will be the ones that are facing out whenever your wreath is done.

It was late here and maybe I had too much caffeine because I was a little too excited to take a photo.

After your glue gun has been heated up and you have painted all the edges of your paper letting it dry for about 5 minutes, you're going to start tearing pages out of your book. I KNOW, OMG!
Haha... You can roll them ANYWAY you want. I did a couple of different rolls in my wreath because I didn't want it to be boring. HA.

Here's an example of a roll.

And below is another example of a roll that I did a lot. I didn't even roll this one. I just kinda pushed the pages together. Just be careful to not BEND or crease any pages, you don't want it to look "to finished." I did this first layer just like this all the way around the wreath.

As you can see, it looks like "crap, I don't know what I am doing" but it actually turns out pretty in the end! I promise! I am always doubting myself half way through projects but don't do that! Wait until the end to doubt yourself, haha. I kid.

Starting to come together below.... As you can see in the photo, I got more caffeine. And I also was not consistent in a certain roll. I did all of them because I didn't want to leave any out. And you're just LAYERING like a mad woman.

Now at this point, I still had the little donut hole in mine and if you want to leave that hole that is fine! But I didn't. I wanted it to be really full. SO I kept gluing in the middle until you couldn't see a hole!

TIP: Before it gets all full and pretty, if you plan to tie this ribbon up as a wreath in your home, go ahead and add your string around the wreath so it's easier to wrap around. You could also just add a small ribbon on the back in a hook position to hold it! Sorry, forgot to add this to the pictures! 

And here is the final result! Don't mind the crappy picture, it was midnight and I didn't have good light! But I love how it turned out! OH! And don't mind the rope holding it either. I need to go to Hobby Lobby and get more pretty burlap. Maybe my husband will do it.

What do y'all think of my handmade paper wreath? That's my awesome door I got from a lady in North Dakota who got it out of an old ND farmhouse. Pretty cool huh? I stuck the keys in there...they are from Hobby Lobby but don't tell anyone :-)

Let me know what you think of my handmade wreath that only cost me $3! And please feel free to link up yours if you try this! Thanks y'all for listening!


1 comment:

  1. I like how it makes that door that all beat up come to life and you made it with paper you may have just put in the garbage can.


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